GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida State capped off the game with nine hits, including three from Dylan Busby and two off the bat of John Sansone, but it was Florida that came away with the victory, 6-0, at McKethan Stadium in the first of three meetings between the two schools this season.
Busby (3-4), the lone Florida State hitter with an extra base hit in the game, was joined on offense by Sansone (2-4) as the only Seminoles with multiple hits.
Florida State (13-4) snapped a season-long five-game winning streak with Tyler Holton (0-2) on the hill. The freshman left hander tallied four strikeouts, however yielded four runs on five hits along with a pair of walks. Reliever Matthew Kinney was responsible for the remaining two Gator runs.
The 14th ranked Seminoles received solid performances out of the bullpen from Chase Haney, Jim Voyles, Alec Byrd and Cobi Johnson. The quartet surrendered only three hits and one walk while posting five strikeouts.
“It’s one of those nights that Florida deserved to win,” said head coach Mike Martin. “You have to feel like you learned something even though you got shutout. It’s a humbling game that you play a lot of and there are going to be nights that you are humbled and tonight that happened.”
Florida (18-1) scored the game’s first run in the second when left fielder Nelson Maldonado connected on his second home run of the season, sending the ball over the left field wall. The No. 1 ranked Gators tacked on two more runs the following inning when a single to left field by JJ Schwarz was followed by a home run over to left by Peter Alonso for the 3-0 advantage.
Jonathan India opened the fourth inning with a double down the left field line. Two batters later he was thrown out when trying to score from third as Busby allowed Buddy Reed to reach base on a fielder’s choice, assisting on the out of India with Cal Raleigh. A steal and error on coverage at second base allowed Reed to reach third before a single up the middle by Schwarz plated the Gators’ fourth run.
Florida tacked on two more runs in the fifth, coupling a single into right centerfield by Mike Rivera with a hit by pitch and a walk to load the bases for India. India responded with a single into left field, scoring Rivera, as the bases remained loaded for Guthrie. Guthrie struck out swinging, however a controversial wild pitch by Ed Voyles brought home Jeremy Vasquez for the 6-0 Florida lead.
Gator starter Dane Dunning (2-0) earned the victory after holding Florida State scoreless in 5.2 innings on the mound. He surrendered seven hits and one walk to go along with five strikeouts.
Schwarz (3-5, RBI, run), India (2-4, RBI) and Alonso (1-3, 2 RBI, run) led the Florida offense that also came away with nine hits.
The Seminoles return to ACC action this weekend when they head to Pittsburgh for a three-game set with the Panthers that is set to begin on Friday, March 18.
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